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Phoenix Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2020, Report Findshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2431Mayor's Office8/1/2022 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2431/Newsroom_OEP_1.jpgPhoenix Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2020, Report Finds<div class="ExternalClass3D2B5BF6BB3845B987F0398AC8F718FD"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">​The City of Phoenix's <a target="_blank" href="/oep/GHG">2020 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory</a> shows both community scale and government operations emissions decreased during that year.<br></p> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Our investments in energy efficiency, transportation electrification, and renewable energy have demonstrated progress toward Phoenix's Climate Action Plan goals," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This work is crucial to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future, and we will continue to deliver results in city operations and across our community."</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Overall, 2020 community-wide GHG emissions were 14% lower than the 2012 baseline, while the metro economy grew by 42% and the City's population increased by 12%. Researchers from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University found these reductions were primarily due to the electricity grid having a lower carbon intensity due to the closures of coal-fired power plants. Some of the reductions were also due to decreased travel from commuting and lower air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In government operations, Phoenix 2020 GHG emissions were 25% lower than the 2005 baseline – well on their way to meeting the 2025 goal of a 40% reduction from 2005.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“These inventory numbers show the steps Phoenix is taking to cut down on emissions are working. While there is still plenty of work to be done, we are certainly headed in the right direction," said Environmental Programs Administrator Nancy Allen. “We've been reaching and exceeding emission reduction goals for 15 years, and we don't plan to stop."</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">While the City Vehicle Fleet did see an increase in GHG emissions due to increased service miles, Phoenix has lowered carbon intensity of the fleet with the use of alternative fuels. City Council also recently adopted the Transportation Electrification Action Plan, which calls for electrification of vehicles within the fleet and installation of on-site electric vehicle charging stations.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Thanks to investments in energy efficiency projects, buildings and facilities saw a decrease in electricity use. Water Services saw a decrease in emissions due to the capture and reuse of biogas at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a telework program led to decreased GHG emissions from employee commuting.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In 2021, the City of Phoenix's Climate Action Plan laid out another ambitious goal of reducing community carbon emissions from buildings, transportation, and waste by 50% by 2030, thereby moving toward becoming a carbon neutral city by 2050.​​<br></span> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
City of Phoenix & Maricopa Community Colleges Launch New "Route to Relief" Partnership Program to Kick Start Workforce Development https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2423Mayor's Office7/25/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2423/Newsroom_RoutetoReliefPresser_01.jpgCity of Phoenix & Maricopa Community Colleges Launch New "Route to Relief" Partnership Program to Kick Start Workforce Development <div class="ExternalClassD5FBECDB9D4B42D78B0EAD5BFAC209EE"><html> <p>​Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, Interim Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges announced the official launch of a new partnership called “Route to Relief." The new program, supported by the City's federal pandemic relief dollars, provides free tuition, monthly stipends and employment assistance in eligible programs across the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges in high-demand workforce areas such as semiconductors, healthcare, bioscience, manufacturing, and information technology to eligible individuals. <br><br>Last year, the Mayor and City Council approved $7 million to establish the partnership, aimed specifically at helping those disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This new, collaborative program aims to provide Phoenix residents with opportunities to advance in their careers by accessing tuition, books and fee assistance up to $5000, career navigation services, and employment assistance. Eligible recipients may also access additional financial support, a monthly stipend of up to $1,500, to address barriers to accessing training and employment, such as childcare and transportation.<br><br>“While Phoenix achieved remarkable success in economic development, even during the pandemic, too many of our residents were severely burdened by lost employment and scarce opportunity during that same time period," said Mayor Gallego. “To make our success sustainable, we must ensure education and training is available to people in every part of the city. By engaging with the MCCCD system, we are providing people with the opportunity to find their own success in these emerging fields."<br><br>Dozens of programs are eligible for this funding in the following industries and occupations: bioscience and healthcare, financial services, information technology/cybersecurity, manufacturing, construction, early childhood education, community health services, electric vehicle technician/technology, entrepreneurship and small business, and hospitality and tourism. Programs vary depending on the college.<br><br>“As someone who has spent their career in education, I understand how critical the connection is between quality training and a lifelong career path", said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor.  “The partnership between Maricopa Community Colleges and the City of Phoenix will create a talented workforce pipeline that will act as a magnet for our existing companies and will help to attract new knowledge economy jobs, while providing Phoenix residents beneficial career opportunities." <br><br>One of the eligible programs is the new Semiconductor Technician Quick Start, a two-week training program to expedite the development of skill sets needed to work in semiconductor manufacturing fabrication. With the arrival of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Mayor Gallego has made clear her plans for Phoenix to become an international hub for semiconductor manufacturing. The Quick Start program is one way to fill the pipeline with workers ready to advance into this rising industry.<span lang="EN">  </span><br><br>"This program comes at a pivotal time for North Phoenix as we are poised to staff the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plant," said District 1 Councilwoman Ann O'Brien. "By the time it is fully operational, TSMC will staff employees in the thousands, and 'Route to Relief' will ensure that our residents have the education and career development opportunities to not only be qualified but successful for those jobs and more." <br><br>​“The Maricopa Community Colleges is thrilled to launch this innovative partnership with the City of Phoenix to better meet the city's workforce development goals and provide life-changing opportunities for residents," stated Dr. Gonzales. “Investing in workforce development initiatives, like this one, to support targeted industries like healthcare, manufacturing, and bioscience, will yield a generous return. It has been an honor to partner with visionary leaders like Mayor Gallego and the Phoenix City Council to develop this."<br><br>“We are pleased to be partners with Mayor Gallego and the City of Phoenix in responding to the needs of our communities. Our colleges are on the cutting edge with new workforce development programs as we continue to play a key role in the economic vitality of our region," said Marie Sullivan, President of the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board. "We continue to establish new partnerships that are accessible and supportive to the diverse communities we serve. We can't do it alone.  Our internal and external stakeholders, like the City of Phoenix, are critical to our success."<br><br>To learn more about the “Route to Relief" program and determine eligibility to apply, visit <a href="http://www.maricopa.edu/route-to-relief" target="_blank">www.maricopa.edu/route-to-relief</a><br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix Increases Efforts to Shore Up Lake Meadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2406Mayor's Office7/1/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2406/Newsroom_Water_LMead.jpgPhoenix Increases Efforts to Shore Up Lake Mead<div class="ExternalClassEC3C58F9B32B4025B3987DB06AA036FC"><html> <p></p> <div>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council today agreed to leave an additional 14,000 acre-feet (AF) of Colorado River water in Lake Mead. It is part of the 500+ Plan, an organized effort to stop the reservoir’s decline to an even lower and more dangerous level. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>An acre-foot is the amount of water necessary to flood one acre of land to a depth of one foot. It is roughly equivalent to 326,000 gallons, or the amount used by about 3.5 Arizona homes over the course of one year. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The goal of the 500+ Plan is to leave 500,000 AF of water in Lake Mead every year through 2026. The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), the City of Tucson, and other communities across the region, and the state, have agreed to be part of the solution by making their own contributions. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Mayor Kate Gallego thanked GRIC Governor Stephen Roe Lewis for his leadership in bringing stakeholders together. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“In this time of extreme drought, it is not easy to convince governments to leave water behind,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “However, I believe we are all acutely focused on what it will take to help Arizona communities thrive for the long term. In Phoenix, that means we make reasonable sacrifices now, to ensure we can continue to welcome people who want to live here, as well as the businesses that want to set up shop here.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Mayor Gallego added, “It is also true that cities and Indian communities cannot solve this issue on our own. We need to see proportional action across sectors – particularly agriculture, which uses 70% of available Colorado River water.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix made its first contribution to the 500+ Plan in January of this year, committing to forego delivery of approximately 16,000 AF. With today’s action, Phoenix will have contributed a total of 30,000 AF. Phoenix will receive about $7.8 million for leaving water in Lake Mead. Those funds will be placed in the city’s Water Revenue Fund to help purchase water from other sources and fund conservation programs.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The City of Phoenix has been working for years to prepare for and deal with the extended drought. Water users in Phoenix consume 30% less water per capita than they did 30 years ago, even as the city has experienced dramatic population growth over the same period.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We need that conservation trend to continue,” the Mayor said. “But as the drought stretches on, we are constantly looking for ways to be even better stewards of our most precious resource.” </div> <div> <br>​<br></div> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Mayor and Council Add Millions in Community Supporthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2405Mayor's Office7/1/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2405/Black_Theatre_Troupe2.jpgMayor and Council Add Millions in Community Support<div class="ExternalClass53755B8229374F1489C716FBABA35842"><html> <p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council today approved substantial investments to help Phoenix become an even more livable city. The expenditures include millions for affordable housing, a hotel-to-housing facility for those experiencing homelessness, meals for those who are homebound, and for arts and cultural organizations whose work helps keep our city vibrant.</span></p> <p>“Throughout the pandemic, we've seen a dramatic increase in residents on the verge of losing their homes, and worse, some who have become unsheltered. Today's actions are an investment in solutions for people and families," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “As basic needs are covered, we also feed our individual and collective spirit by preserving and promoting arts programs and performances, and by celebrating the wide cultural diversity that makes Phoenix strong."</p> <p>Funding approved by mayor and council today falls into several categories: </p> <p> <strong>Affordable Housing</strong> <br>The city will issue Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds, not to exceed $25 million, to construct affordable housing at Falcon Park, located near 34<sup>th</sup> Avenue and Moreland Street. The bonds are made available by the Phoenix Industrial Development Authority.</p> <p> <strong>Housing and Help for Those Who Are Unsheltered and Vulnerable</strong> <br>American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding will support $8.1 million for Community Bridges Inc. to lease and operate 120 hotel rooms, and to continue its important work assisting people experiencing homelessness to access shelter and supportive services. Available programs will support clients as they move from temporary shelter to long-term, permanent housing.</p> <p>Victims of human trafficking will receive safe housing, case management, and support services through a $1.2 million program with Phoenix Starfish Place Corporation. The funding will span three years and is dedicated to healing and empowerment for the operations' residents.</p> <p>The city will opt for another year-long extension of Home Delivered Meals through the Area Agency on Aging in the amount of up to $2.4 million. Increased nutrition for seniors, people who are homebound, and adults with disabilities, has empowered many affected residents to remain independent and in their homes since the program's launch in 2019.</p> <p> <strong>Arts and Culture</strong> <br>Nearly $1.3 million in Community Arts Support Grants will be distributed to 98 arts and cultural organizations. Employing an equity strategy, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture drew in applicants from all disciplines, budget sizes, underrepresented populations, as well as from all eight city council districts. <a target="_blank" href="/artssite/Documents/FY23artsgrantsrecipients.pdf">Click here</a> to see the full list of grantees.</p> <p>“At the heart of each of these investments is a mother, father, son, daughter, or grandparent in need of a better, more fulfilling life. As a city, we have shown our strength and resilience during harsh times. We're now reconfirming our commitment to improve experiences in every sector of our community," said Mayor Gallego.​<br><br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
City of Phoenix Adds Paid Parental Leave to Many Employee Benefitshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2407Mayor's Office7/1/2022 5:35:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2407/Parental Leave Collage.jpgCity of Phoenix Adds Paid Parental Leave to Many Employee Benefits<div class="ExternalClassCB90E5F96CBA41AABC08875030E3807B"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Beginning October 1, the City of Phoenix will provide eligible employees up to 480 hours (12 weeks) of paid leave for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child during a 12-month period. The new parental leave benefit was unanimously approved by City Council today, and solidifies Phoenix as a top employer in the region. 480 hours is among the most generous parental leave packages offered by any local government agency.<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">“The working world has changed dramatically, and we are focused on meeting the needs of today's parents. The new, additional leave is extremely flexible to meet varying challenges that arise when a new child comes into the family," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This new benefit will help the City stay competitive and able to attract the best employees to serve Phoenix's residents."</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The change is intended to allow the City to maintain its competitive edge to recruit and retain a highly skilled and productive workforce while also providing working parents and caregivers greater flexibility in balancing their work and family commitments.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">“Our employees are our most valuable assets," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Adding parental leave to the many benefits offered by the City demonstrates our investment in them, which in turn, is an investment in our community."<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">The City of Phoenix is actively recruiting for many essential jobs including police officers, dispatchers, solid waste and street maintenance workers, mechanics, customer service representatives, administrative professionals, accountants and more. Whether you're an experienced professional or just starting your career, working in public service offers many rewards. Visit <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a> to learn more and apply today.<br></p> <br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Locationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2401Mayor's Office6/29/2022 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2401/Margaret-T-Hance-Park-Sign-with-Crowd.jpgPhoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park Selected as Super Bowl LVII Outdoor Festival Week Location<div class="ExternalClassCE91866A9CEB400591FADDE078C2D926"><html> <p> ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>​​T​he Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has selected Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix as the host site for an unforgettable fan experience the week leading up to Super Bowl LVII. The City of Phoenix is thrilled to welcome the NFL and its fans to the heart of downtown Phoenix.</p> <p>Free to the public, this multi-day outdoor festival will include an immersive fan experience with live music, entertainment, local cuisine, and multicultural celebrations. </p> <p>“Downtown Phoenix has changed a lot since the last big game. We look forward to visitors experiencing the growth of business, restaurants, arts, entertainment, and our massively improved transportation," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This festival builds on the fan experience which will showcase our city to thousands of people. They'll discover why we are the fastest growing big city in America."</p> <p>“Our newly upgraded Margaret T. Hance Park will be the perfect green pocket of our downtown core to kick off 2023 Super Bowl festivities," District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “Thousands of families and visitors will get to enjoy a state-of-the-art playground and desert oasis, all while getting a taste of our delicious local cuisine, diverse cultures and community."</p> <p>“We are eager to welcome the diverse crowd of football fans to one of the City's most eye-catching parks while showcasing the best in entertainment and culture Phoenix has to offer," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar. “Phoenix Parks is ready to help provide an unforgettable fan experience." </p> <p>Margaret T. Hance Park is a one-of-a-kind park that is inclusive to all Phoenix residents. Through a public-private partnership, the 32-acre park has experienced a multiphase renovation and revitalization. Visitors will be able to experience the new <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1663">Fiesta Bowl PLAY</a> at Hance Park, a 20,000 square-foot playground that features a climbing wall, a separate net climbing structure, a water mist play feature and a sand play area positioned under a shade canopy. Its other unique amenities include three animal-themed play structures – a Kit Fox, Black-Tailed Jackrabbit and Great-Horned Owl.</p> <p>In January 2023, the City of Phoenix will be opening a garden oasis at Hance Park. Earlier this year, the City <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2319">announced a partnership</a> with Republic Services to bring 33 native desert plants, 60 trees as well as 4,000 visually striking ground covers, vines, grasses, perennials, succulents, and shrubs.</p> <p>Learn more about the Hance Park and the Hance Park Revitalization Project at <a target="_blank" href="https://Phoenix.gov/parks">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>. ​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office
Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2399Mayor's Office6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2399/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass043BDCE806864848BE10A31B43E7C03D"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul class="" dir="" style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong>is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong>uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong>will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul class="" dir="" style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong>will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. ​<br></li> </ul> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-office

 Mayor

Mayor Kate Gallego has a vision for Phoenix: she sees it as a place that is vibrant and growing, and one where every person is treated with dignity and respect. 

Mayor Gallego is a strong advocate for smart business growth and investment – she recently helped land the city’s largest-ever business development deal, a $12 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant that will bring significant economic development for decades to come.  She is leading the city to global status as a leader in bioscience, technology, research, and advanced manufacturing. 

The Mayor is also leading Phoenix to meet its goal to become the most sustainable desert city in the United States. She has fostered investments in cool solutions, including the nation’s first, publicly funded Office of Heat Response and Mitigation; launched the city’s successful cool pavement pilot; and led the charge toward building the necessary EV infrastructure to support a sustainable future.

Mayor Gallego is the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and one of the youngest big city Mayors in the United States. In November 2020, she was returned to office with the highest number of votes ever cast for a mayoral candidate in Phoenix. 

A graduate of Harvard University, she earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 2013, representing south Phoenix and the city’s downtown core. Prior professional pursuits include strategic planning and economic development for one of Arizona’s largest utility companies and service in state government, as part of the Governor’s team.

Mayor Kate Gallego enjoys a desert hike and a good read. She is Mom to five-year-old Michael.​